Volunteer with Westport Volunteer EMS
Join a family of over 100 volunteer EMRs, EMTs, and AEMTs who proudly serve the Town of Westport with award winning emergency medical care. Our service responds to an average of 2,400 911 calls each year.
Volunteers will enroll in the intensive EMT certification course and are immersed into the medical field by actively participating in the team response to real life medical emergencies.
We’re always looking for passionate, driven individuals to wear the uniform.
Broaden your Knowledge
By working on an ambulance, you’ll find a raw, new perspective on life. You’ll gain real-world experience straight from the front lines and obtain valuable life-skills. You will be provided with free monthly training, as well as recertification courses to keep your skills sharp and your knowledge ever-growing.
Volunteering on an ambulance is serious, rewarding work. But we like to have fun too. You’ll be joining an ever-growing team of volunteers who share the same passion for helping others as you do. While on the job, you’ll be able to enjoy local events such as the Fireworks at Compo Beach, Staples High School football games, the Memorial Day Parade and other exciting, annual events – all while proudly wearing the Westport EMS uniform.
Since 1979, Westport EMS volunteers have served their local community by donating their time and protecting its residents. Many of our volunteers find themselves educating citizens, maintaining our state-of-the-art vehicles and equipment, and above all... saving lives!
Sign Up Today
Want to join the team? We’d love to have you! Fill out an application to get started.
Westport Volunteer EMS Youth Corps
Teenagers Can Volunteer Too!
If you’re between the ages of 14-18 and/or are in high school, you could be working as a Westport Emergency Medical Service Volunteer!
Our Youth Corps gives young adults the opportunity to learn, first hand, about the emergency medical services. This goal is accomplished through educational classes, hands-on work and experiencing increasingly levels of responsibility.
With emphasis placed on education and clinical training, Youth Corps volunteers develop self-reliance, personal responsibility a strong sense of accomplishment.
Youth Corps members work within the framework of Westport EMS. This means they work alongside regular EMTs during training and patient treatment. By interning under the close supervision of Crew Chiefs, Youth Corps members get a complete view of the inner workings of the emergency medical service.
Youth Corps members can expect to participate in many different activities:
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Training
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training
- Working on ambulances for regular shifts and special events
(upon successful completion of EMR/EMT training and certification by the CT State Department of Health)
Upon successful certification, Youth Corps members become full-fledged volunteering members of Westport Volunteer EMS!
Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering
Do I have to work on the ambulance?
While staffing the ambulance is our primary purpose, our administrative volunteer work is equally vital to our emergency service response. . We have positions for CPR instructors and office personnel. If you have a unique skill that you think would be valuable but just cannot work on the ambulance, contact us.
What shifts will I work?
We schedule shifts which are compatible to your needs. Typically they run 7am-1pm, 1pm-6pm, 6pm-11pm and 11pm-7am. We are flexible and accommodate whatever time a volunteer can work.
How many shifts a week do I need to work?
We request a minimum of 5 hrs a week as an average but do work with each volunteer to meet both the services and their personal needs.
What are the initial training commitments?
To Volunteer at WVEMS you must be certified to work in an ambulance. The initial training requirements are:
- CPR Basic Life Support course
- EMR course for youths age 14-18
- EMT, AEMT or Paramedic course for those age 18+
What are the ongoing training commitments?
- CPR Basic Life Support
- Annual OSHA Required Bloodbourne and Respiratory Training
- Tri-Annual EMR, EMT, AEMT Recertification (Paramedics re-certify annually)
- Monthly “In-Service Training” typically 2-3 hours of training on various topics to keep your skill set up. (attendance strongly recommended)
Do I have to go to headquarters for my shift?
Yes, our crews are based at our headquarters between calls.
How do I get started as a volunteer?
Complete the Westport Volunteer EMS application form and mail it to, or drop it off at WVEMS Headquarters.